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The Psychology of Good and Evil: Why Children, Adults, and Groups Help and Harm Others
English | Cambridge University Press, 2003 | ISBN: 0521528801 | 608 pages | PDF | 1.8 Mb
This book explores the roots of goodness and evil by gathering together the knowledge gained in a lifelong study of harmful or altruistic behavior. Ervin Staub has studied what leads children and adults to help others in need and how caring, helping, and altruism develop in children; bullying and youth violence and their prevention; the roots of genocide, mass killing, and other harmful behavior between groups of people; the prevention of violence; healing victimized groups and reconciliation between groups. He presents a broad panorama of the roots of violence and caring and how we create societies and a world that is caring, peaceful, and harmonious.
The Psychology of Good and Evil offers a profound scientific reflection on an urgent question for mankind: why do people act so destructively, on the one hand, or with compassion and caring on the other? Psychology rarely grapples with such compelling issues, and even more rarely with the brilliance, insight, and power of Ervin Staub. I strongly recommend his book to anyone concerned about the future of our children, and their children.